The Ontario Disability Support Program: A Critical Resource
Understanding how to qualify and then apply for the Ontario Disability Support Program (ODSP) is a great first step; however, once you have successfully qualified for this support, it is also very important to understand how the program works, and what the restrictions are, so that you will continue to receive the benefits if needed.
- Individuals must be 18 years or older
- Must live in Ontario
- Must meet the program’s definition of financial need
- Must have a disability as defined by the program:
It's important to note that individuals should apply before they turn 18 as the application process can be lengthy.
- Income support - Financial assistance provided each month to help with the costs of basic needs, like food, clothing and shelter. Income support also includes drug and dental benefits.
- Employment supports - Services and supports to help people with disabilities find and keep a job, and advance their careers.
Using the ODSP
The ODSP is meant to cover basic living expenses, such as rent, food, clothing and transportation costs. Valuable additional benefits include prescriptions, dental and vision care, and repair and maintenance of mobility devices.
Protecting and Managing your ODSP
To protect your ODSP, that is, to ensure you receive the full monthly amount long into the future, you must be aware of allowances and restrictions. Assets and exemptions, inheritances and gifts, a Henson Trust and RDSP income – each of these things will either protect or limit a recipient’s monthly ODSP income.
To maintain your ODSP various types of reporting by the recipient are required, such as:
- Any assets owned or accrued while receiving ODSP – this will include a new car or home or a financial gift
- Any income earned
- Any material changes to the recipient’s situation
To find your local ODSP office CLICK HERE